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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with an off white head. Thick oily goodness.
Smells of vanilla, coconut, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. Inviting aroma to say the least. It's readily apparent in the nose that this is a great beer.
In the taste, hazlenut, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, mild spice, wood, char, toast, molasses, and a fair hop bitterness. A little alcohol comes through. Full bodied, smooth drinkable brew. This is delicious. Not much else needs to be said. Overall this is a big beer that is awesome.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really coats the glass. Even a decent amount of the carbonation bubbles slowly crawl back down towards the liquid after swirling. Interesting.

I get mostly green/red pepper on the nose. Didn't smell bad, but made me anticipate a lot of pepper on the tongue.

The taste really blew me away, and was almost nothing like the nose. The regular decent stout flavor quickly fades into the vanilla. Lots and lots of delicious vanilla. No alcohol on the finish. I also expected some spiciness because of the chiles, but there was none.

Overall, one of the 10 best beers I've ever had. I'll buy more next year.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First of 6 bottles purchased. Poured into a St. Bernardus Waton glass.

Appearance: Pitch black motor oil with a thin mocha head that dosnt stay for long (unsurprisingly at 14% abv).

Smell: Man this smells incredible. Roasted coffee, vanilla, hints of chocolate, and a little twinge of spice.

Taste: Dark roasted coffee and vanilla upfront. The chocolate comes in strong in the middle and the spice from the chili peppers dosnt make its appearance until the very back of the tongue on the swallow. You actually get the feeling in your throat as if you just ate a jalepeno.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Perfect for this style and perfect for the flavor profile. The spicy, tingly feeling in the throat is also extremely enjoyable (i love spicy).

Overall: There is quite a bit of hype surrounding this beer even though it was released for the first time so recently and is already out in most places. And every bit of that hype is warrented. One of my absolute favorites to date (thank God I have 5 more!)

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Photo of Benish
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is exceptional. Poured into snifter glass. Jet black with no translucence while pouring. Appeared viscous and rich with minimal head. Aromas were dominantly peppers. It was smokey, festive and somewhat charred. Also tons of chocolate. Upon sipping this, I instantly tasted the chilies. Its perfect, the spiciness is present but not overpowering like many other spicy beers. It hangs around in the mouth and quickly fades away before you take another sip. Also pick up plenty of chocolatly goodness. Its thick and full bodied. Overall this beer is incredible. Everything is perfect with exception the coffee seems to be bit faded. Probably because there's just so much flavor that I'm not skilled enough to pick up the coffee.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is really good. Dark in color with a little hints of the peppers but nothing to overpowering. I really enjoy this and would drink it again.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours dark brown to black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly.
S- dark chocolate, hot peppers, burnt coffee, vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, smokey campfire as it warms
T- vanilla bean, dark chocolate, roasted hot red peppers, cocoa powder
M- silky smooth, thick body and medium carbonation. The cocoa and vanilla really stick to your palate making your crave more
O- beyond impressed with this brew. Everything ingredient they claim to put in it you can pick out in an instant. Blends together wonderfully for a special treat.

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Photo of themind
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer really is a treat! Dark blast of chillies and coco had a nice balance. The beer was not very hot in terms of the peppers shining thru. The brew was smooth and I absolutely would buy it if I saw it. I would seek this, store this, drink this as much as possible.

Bottom Line: Boom!

P.S the ABV is totally hidden!

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Photo of Daileyg13
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at The Beef & Brew in Geneva, NY. This was my first time having this beer on draft and I think it is a bit spicier on draft.
Smell- Vanilla, slight chocolate, coffee with a hint of peppers.
Taste- Tons of Vanilla up-front fading to coco and chilis. The pepper is subtle if you sip the beer but a larger swig results in a bit more burn.
Finish- Balanced and smooth, so smooth that you barely notice the heat that is often times associated with a 14%ABV beverage.

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Photo of joberlander
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pitch black with very dark mocha colored head that disappears almost instantly. Tons of aroma flavors coming through. Coffee, dark chocolate, hint of smoke, slight sweetness coming through. The coffee and chocolate come through in the front of the mouth, and a slight heat comes through on the back end. The mouth feel is a little lighter than I expected, on the lighter side of full. Overall, one of the best imperial stouts I've had. So much going on and it's nice to drink a top tier stout that isn't BBA.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured like old motor oil, yet it seemed thin
Minimal head retention, gone in 10 seconds
Smelled big and sweet ("molassesy"), not boozy. Slight coffee
Very balanced taste with chocolate, coffee, vanilla undertones. The peppers give it a great after taste (minimal).
Excellent brew!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Metallic Blue Waxed bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges.

S - Intense coffee and vanilla aromas at first with cocoa, roast and a faint hint of spice.

T - Dark roasted coffee, cocoa nib and roast are complimented by sweet vanilla with just a touch of chilli spice in the finish. Incredibly drinkable for 14%.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing brew, this never fails to put a smile on my face. The peppers balance perfectly with the coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla. This may be the best most easily obtainable stout.

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Photo of Elprico
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours jet black with a thin, tan head that reduces pretty quickly.

S-Wow. Just tons of coffee that unrolls to reveal vanilla and chili peppers. The focus is mainly coffee here, but the subtle flavors is what makes it stand out.

T-Just like the smell, this beer unrolls itself slowly. The espresso beans hit you immediately and at first feel like it will dominate the flavor, but the vanilla begins to mellow the flavor out and the chili peppers are most evident in the aftertaste and after a couple of small sips.

M-Thick, creamy, velvety. It's a thick beer, but not overly so. The carbonation is great.

O-A rarity, and understandably so. Although Prairie obviously wants to stand out with more Farmhouse flavors, it's clear they had fun with and tweaked this recipe to near perfection. Balanced and beautiful. A must try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a crazy beer, smell is unreal, taste is so complex and literally takes you through all the flavors it states.coffee and strong vanilla right off the top, bit of chocolate sweetness and then a very subtle afterburn from the chilli peppers.i am a huge stout fan and this is up there with bcbs and founders breakfast stout.absolutely lived up to the hype.special.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was amazing. You get the pepper smell right away and the cocoa. But the taste is smooth, chocolaty, sweet not boozy at all for a high ABV beer. Buy this if you can!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

an oil spill in a glass! a thick black pour with a finger of dark brown head. slight amounts of creamy lacing. vanilla and coffee bean aroma hits you with an incredibly delicious scent.. hints of cinnamon, lots of cocoa, very roasty. as it warms up you can get subtle chili notes as well.
the flavor is an amazing roasty .. BOMB! tons of roasted grains and coffee bean roasted bitterness up front, followed up by tons of sweet vanilla notes, lots of cocoa, and finishes with a very subtle chili flavor. this is fantastic. you can barely make out any booze from the abv, which is shocking at 14%.
full, thick body with low carbonation. this is a nice and creamy stout.

honestly, i now get the hype. this is a fantastic beer. my first from prairie, and i'm glad i have another bottle to enjoy later on. this one was fresh (the blue wax), and i have a yellow wax to age. can't wait to see how this turns out.

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Photo of W_Des
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The coffee and chocolate are the strong players in the nose and they just hit you you hard. It is a fantastic nose and gets better as it warms. The body has delicious chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes blending together in a great way. The chili finish is very subtle. I would have wanted more but then I would just have Mexican Cake instead. Fantastic stout!

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Photo of joefretty
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this one on draft at a local beer shop.

L- Poured dark as night, nearly no head to speak of, but left a ring of dark tan residual bubbles laced around the edge of the glass while drinking.

S- Dark chocolate coffee, with definite vanilla notes.

T- Intense coffee, very substantial cacao, a nice amount of vanilla. And sweet. But not too sweet. A slight hint of pepper to give it a little bit of a kick. Not overpowering at all, blends very well with the other flavors. Places this beer on a higher level in the taste department. I would not call it spicy. More like mild sauce, but I love spicy food and can drink tabasco sauce straight from the bottle. So take that for what you will.

F - Definitely not the most carbonated, but it's not intended to be. Some people knock this beer for being flat. Maybe it's just because I had the pleasure of trying it fresh on draft, but this beer definitely had some slight carbonation to it. Some have said no head at all, and It was very slight for me not really much to speak of, but the overall feel going down was smooth, soft, and warm. It was not flat. The peppers were a pleasant addition.

O - This is how I like my stouts. For those who don't like vanilla or chocolate. Stay away. If you can't handle the slightest bit of heat. It's not for you. If you don't like high gravity espresso beers, then stay away from beverages with chest hair. In fact, stay away from Imp Stouts in general.

If you like malty, coffee, chocolatey, vanilla, with a hint of pepper...
damn near perfect.

I'll be heading back to buy some bottles.
It's the BOMB! 'Nuff said.

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Photo of rkmcdonal23
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Kicked the keg for a 64oz fill at Dallas Craft and Growler this afternoon. I feel like I won. One of the best stouts - period - I've ever had. Favors blend like paradise with the anchors bringing everything together. Zero heat from the peppers, just flavor. Pitch black, little or no head, oozing laces of deliciousness. Find it and drink it. Now.

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Photo of Admbmb92
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did a trade for of these plus two bible belts. Very excited for this one. Here we go!
Poured into a bruery snifter.
A- pours thick oil black with a finger and a half of dark brown head. No light whatsoever. The darkest beer I've ever seen.
S-vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet malts, roasted peppers, dark roasted coffee
T- this beer comes in layers. Front of the tongue you get the dark chocolate followed by bitter coffee and vanilla. As it hits the back of the throat, I get some roastyness from the chilles.
M- very very thick and full bodied. Light carbonation
O- this is such a well balanced imperial stout, all of the spices shine through so well. This really is the Bomb!

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Photo of chrisjws
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, served in a snifter at 50F.

A: Pitch black, no light at the edges. Clearly viscous with alcohol legs. Half a finger of brown head.
S: Vanilla, coffee, cocoa, slightly earthy. Some malty sweetness in the background.
T: Big chocolate and coffee upfront. Sweet vanilla aftertaste. Flavors get more pronounced as it warms up.
F: Big creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied and goes down smooth. Light to medium carbonation complements the flavors well.
O: Big delicious beer. Definitely worth drinking now and again.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 12 oz blue waxed bottle,it pours out pitch black and rests in the glass with a thick tan head. Head dissipates to a thin frothy cap with lots of lacing. Lots of roasted coffee, vanilla, and chocolate on the nose with a hint of chili pepper on the back end. Outstanding aroma. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the front of the palate. The chili becomes more prominent as it warmed leaving some tingling at the back of the throat. The back of the palate brings vanilla and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is amazing, velvety smooth and rich, it has a full body with faint carbonation. Overall, this is the finest example of Imperial Stout I've had to date, I'll be seeking out more of this!

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Photo of thomasrjones
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Taste is phenomenal. You cannot distinguish the 14%ABV on the palate. I was skeptical of the use of pepper but post-taste it is the highlight of the enjoyment. This is by far the most enjoyable pint I have had the honor to partake. Thank you Prairie Artisan Ales; you once again shine through in craft beers.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle,into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter.

Aggressive pour led to a 1 finger dark khaki,and dark brown mottled head,with large to medium bubbles.Very light carbonation.Jet black in color,with absolutely no light coming through the glass.The head leaves a nice looking ring around the glass,with a spider web lacing in the center.Eventually that dissipates into nothing.Sipping leaves a beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose is chocolate,coffee,cocoa,and a little bit of peppers,ending with slight alcohol aromas.I also get little bit of earthy roasted malts,along with some slight hints of vanilla.

The palate follows the nose with strong black coffee,cocoa,some dark chocolate,and dark roasted malt.You get a little bit of pepper,but nothing offensive to me.I think the slight hint of peppers on the back end,does a beautiful job of hiding the alcohol.You also get a nice warming alcohol feel on the finish,which makes it a good beer for drinking in the cold.

The body is medium,but slightly sticky.You get a slight tingling sensation of peppers,and alcohol on the way down.Medium dry finish.

This is a very good imperial stout.The flavors are very well balanced,and the pepper does an excellent job of masking the alcohol...Looks,smells,tastes,and feels GREAT!!! This is in my top 3 favorite imperial stouts...Excellent brew!!!!

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Photo of Rammed96
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Talk about a full flavored beer. This was a multi level mouth experience. The flavored changed about three times and lingered for a while. Chocolate, vanilla and coffee tastes.

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